Ringgold Playhouse Brings The Funny With “Rumors” Beginning This Thursday

Monday, July 16, 2018
The gentlemen of Neil Simon’s “Rumors” are ready for the biggest party of the summer. Pictured from left, Bobby Daniels as “Ken,” Dan Lyons as “Lenny,” Ed Huckabee as “Ernie,” and Zack Jordan as “Glenn”.
The gentlemen of Neil Simon’s “Rumors” are ready for the biggest party of the summer. Pictured from left, Bobby Daniels as “Ken,” Dan Lyons as “Lenny,” Ed Huckabee as “Ernie,” and Zack Jordan as “Glenn”.
- photo by TRP

The Ringgold Playhouse will open its summer comedy, “Rumors,” for a two-weekend run beginning Thursday night.

The show, which is the company’s third of the 2018 season, will offer fast-paced hilarity from writer Neil Simon that has been polished over the past 10 weeks by director Kimberly Tyner Jones and her cast of 10.

“From the very beginning, I knew this cast, this show was going to be one long joyride of laughs and comicality, and a pleasure to direct,” Ms. Jones said. “Even before the first read-through the cast was already group texting back and forth about how excited they were to be working together...the puns and one liners soaring. They had not even read the script, or met face- to- face, yet. They were hilarious together."

The story, set in a classy New York apartment, follows 10 zany characters attending an anniversary party that goes off the rails.

Neil Simon's farce takes what would have been an everyday anniversary party and turns four couples, eight successful professionals, into eight panicked lunatics who run for cover, lie to their friends and when the cops arrive, turn on each other at a moment’s notice. 

Ms. Jones says there’s never been a dull moment during the rehearsal process and that she and stage manager James Miller have enjoyed watching the actors make the story into their own.

“Since the first read-through, the challenge has been to try and keep a straight face and not break into fits of laughter with all the high jinks going on,” Ms. Jones said. “This crew is fabulous. Get ready for an evening of side-splitting hilarity.”

The cast includes TRP alums Dan Lyons, Ed Huckabee, Ayana Winchester, Bobby Daniels, Renee Lierow, Ronald King, Jodi Upton and Zack Jordan, as well as Kim Jenkins and Jo Schendel, who are each making their debut with the company.

Production dates for the show are July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m., with a special matinee performance Saturday, July 28 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 for seniors and students. 

Tickets can be purchased in person at Ringgold City Hall, over the phone at 706-935-3061 or online at CityOfRinggoldGa.gov.

Kim Jenkins (left) and Bobby Daniels spearhead the craziness in “Rumors” as Chris and Ken Gorman.
Kim Jenkins (left) and Bobby Daniels spearhead the craziness in “Rumors” as Chris and Ken Gorman.
- photo by TRP

The Weeks Play Twice At Songbirds Friday And Saturday

CSCC Music Department Presents Holiday Concert

Caroline Cotter Plays At Charles And Myrtle's Saturday


The Weeks will have a double feature show, Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m., at Songbirds on the South Stage. Tickets are $12-$20 and available here . Review for The Weeks: High-energy, Rowdy, ... (click for more)

The Vocal Rhapsody Ensemble of Cleveland State Community College will present a concert celebrating the holiday season on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center. ... (click for more)

Caroline Cotter will perform at Charles and Myrtle's Coffeehouse on Saturday at 8 p.m. The coffeehouse is inside Christ Unity Church at 105 McBrien Road. There is a $10 suggested donation at ... (click for more)


Entertainment

The Weeks Play Twice At Songbirds Friday And Saturday

The Weeks will have a double feature show, Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m., at Songbirds on the South Stage. Tickets are $12-$20 and available here . Review for The Weeks: High-energy, Rowdy, Raucous, Longhair Mississippi Glam Rock. That's the sound of Easy, The Week's long follow-up to their breakthrough album, Dear Bo Jackson. Recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis — a place ... (click for more)

CSCC Music Department Presents Holiday Concert

The Vocal Rhapsody Ensemble of Cleveland State Community College will present a concert celebrating the holiday season on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the George R. Johnson Cultural Heritage Center. The celebration will include many different styles and types of music. Some of the songs include “Rhythm of Rejoicing,” Christmas spiritual “Whisper, Whisper,” John Rutter’s “I Wish You ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Former Assessor, County Commissioner Bill Bennett Dies At 82; Was One Of Hamilton County's Most Popular Public Figures

Bill Bennett, who served Hamilton County as assessor of property and a member of the County Commission, has died at 82. One of Chattanooga's most popular public servants, his experiences in a two-room schoolhouse helped hone his career. He was one of six boys, along with one girl, born to Ernest and Mary Roberts Bennett on the Cumberland Plateau. Ernest Bennett farmed and ... (click for more)

County Jail Inmate Dies Early Friday Morning After Having Trouble Breathing

A 57-year-old inmate at the Hamilton County Jail died Friday morning after having difficulty breathing and being transported to a local hospital. He was identified as David Leonard Bulloch. The Sheriff's Office said, "At 3:30 a.m. , Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the Corrections Division were made aware that an inmate was having difficulty breathing. ... (click for more)

Opinion

Bill Bennett Was One Of The Best Gentlemen In Politics - And Response (4)

In an era of political haughtiness and ego, we should recognize the life example of public service demonstrated by Hamilton County Assessor Bill Bennett. As I told my friend Bill many times, he and former Governor Winfield Dunn were the best “gentlemen” I knew in politics. He was kind, humble and honest. To honor his legacy, we should all try to carry ourselves a little more ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

All right, this one is on me. I knew what I wanted to suggest in this week’s Saturday Funnies and about mid-afternoon yesterday I crafted a story I think a lot of people will like. As soon as I was done, I put the story “in the can,” which is to say I saved it, and then caught up on my phone messages and chores. A couple of hours later I went to retrieve the story and – zip! nada! ... (click for more)